The Home Buyer's Korner

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September 23rd, 2016

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Downtown-Main St-Spanish Town

70801 & 70802 Neighborhood

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

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The median real estate price in the Spanish Town (Downtown Main St – Gilbert Leonard Townhomes – Northdale – Northdale Addition – River Palms Condominiums – Standard Heights – Steve’s Place) neighborhood of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is $102,500, which is less expensive than over 70 percent of neighborhoods in the state and almost 79 percent of all the neighborhoods in the country.

The average rental price in the Spanish Town neighborhood is currently $875 a month, and rents here are currently lower in price than almost 55 percent of all the neighborhoods in Louisiana. Most of the residential real estate is renter occupied.

Spanish Town is a suburban neighborhood located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, residential real estate is primarily made up of small studios and two bedroom to medium sized three or four bedroom single-family homes, and other multi-family housing options like condominiums, town homes, duplexes, and apartments.

Many of the residences in the Spanish Town neighborhood are older, well-established, built between 1940 and 1969, while a number of residences were built between 1970 and 1999.

Home and apartment vacancy rates are slightly more than nine percent in the Spanish Town neighborhood, or near the middle range of vacancies. To learn more about this neighborhood’s vacancy rate and its effect on your home buying or selling options, consult your real estate agent

Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular flair and why it’s important to learn all you can about the neighborhood you plan to call home.

Spanish Town has the distinction of housing more LGBT members than 98 percent of all the neighborhoods in the country. If you are seeking this type of neighborhood, this neighborhood is one place that you should consider.

Your future neighbors in the Spanish Town neighborhood of Baton Rouge earn modest incomes, and this neighborhood has an income lower than 82 percent of the neighborhoods in the country. 

Spanish Town, Baton Rouge’s oldest neighborhood, reflects the colorful, changing heritage of the city.. The area’s first residents, Houma and Bavouagoula native Americans, settled here on the high bluff above the Mississippi River.

After the first French exploration by d’Iberville in 1699, European settlement began slowly as immigrants entered New Orleans, the French capital of Louisiana. After acquiring the French Colony, Spanish colonial officials wanted to encourage settlement and development of their vast new world territory. In 1805 the governor of West Florida, Don Carlos de Grandpre, ordered an area east of Fort San Carlos at Baton Rouge be used to resettle the Spanish families from Galvez Town in order to increase the population and help defend the fort site.

In 1810 the United States took possession of Spanish West Florida and up until 1855 only a few homes were scattered around Spanish Town, along with a few small buildings along Union Street (now N. 8th Street), an area then known as the “Town of Industry.” Throughout the 1850s, North Street developed into a fine residential address with the construction of several substantial homes, which still survive.

Shortly after the Louisiana’s joining the Confederacy in January 1861, Federal officials gave up their post. However, Baton Rouge remained Confederate for only about 16 months. On August 5, 1862 Confederate troops challenged Federal forces at Baton Rouge. Although the battle is considered by historians as “less than spectacular,” the effects were devastating on the town and its inhabitants.

Many families abandoned their homes and fled Baton Rouge. Federal gunboats on the Mississippi reinforced Union troops, and Spanish Town lay in the line of their fire. Federal troops randomly demolished abandoned buildings that impeded their defenses. Following the Civil War, there were very few original homes remaining in Spanish Town. A few antebellum homes along North Street survived, but the majority of the neighborhood was destroyed and abandoned. In the two decades that followed the Civil War, Spanish Town grew into a vibrant, almost exclusively, African-American neighborhood. Freed slaves crowded into Baton Rouge from the outlying parishes looking for work in the Capitol City.

In 1879 the United States Army withdrew its last garrison from the post, and in from the 1890s to 1920s, Spanish town grew again, this time into a thriving university neighborhood. Rising property values and the convenience of the location ushered in a major boom in Spanish Town.

The old military post buildings barely provided enough space for classrooms and laboratories, so University officials allowed students to find housing off campus. Old lots were subdivided into smaller ones, several cross streets were cut and a new wave of construction of boarding houses, fraternity buildings, and residences for University staff began in Spanish Town. Today, a majority of Spanish Town’s surviving buildings of the era reflect the many variations of bungalow style, so prevalent in American architecture of the early 20th Century. Appropriately, one of the streets in Spanish Town was named “Bungalow Lane.”

LSU was relocated in 1926 to a site south of the city on the old Gartness plantation, and the former military base property became the site of the new capitol complex in 1930.

For almost two hundred years, Spanish Town’s history illustrates the various changes of Baton Rouge’s development. Although many people see Downtown Baton Rouge as one unit, the city is really a series of separate neighborhoods that have grown together over time. Although older than Baton Rouge, few original homes of Spanish Town survived the Civil War, and today, the prevailing architectural styles reflect the early 20th Century when Spanish Town was a thriving University community.

What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.

In the Spanish Town neighborhood, over 35 percent of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with nearly 30 percent of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations at over 19 percent, and almost 16 percent in manufacturing and laborer occupations.

Each neighborhood has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestry and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture, some more unique than others, based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households, and importantly, on the ethnicity and ancestry of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the Spanish Town neighborhood of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish at nine percent. There are also a number of people of English ancestry at over seven percent, and residents who report German roots at more than six percent. Some of the residents are also of French ancestry at almost six percent, along with some Italian ancestry residents at over two percent, among others.

The most common language spoken in the Spanish Town neighborhood is English, spoken by nearly all households.


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